AMBS Architects has offices in London and Baghdad, and is also behind the design of the first public library to be built in Iraq since the 1970s.
The firm described its skyscraper as “the first vertical city in the world”, saying it will not only be the tallest structure but will break new ground in engineering and vertical transportation.
“In contrast to a conventional tower, The Bride will be a place that may be enjoyed by all, not only for the ones that live and work there, but also the rest of the public,” the firm said in a statement.
“It will be enjoyed by thousands of people in endless ways, within it, on it or under it,” the firm added. “From walking in the vast shaded parks and promenades at ground level, to having lunch or shopping in a sky-square hundreds of metres above sea level.”
The Bride is planned to be a net-zero structure – meaning it would produce as much energy as it consumes. No start date for construction has been set.
Project name: the bride vertical city
Location: basra, iraq
Dates: 2014 – ongoing
Size: 1,550,000 sqm
241 storey, 964m high+188m antenna = 1,152m
total area: 650,206 sqm
181 storey, 724m high
total area: 475,220 sqm
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